Hoosiers Fall to Cardinals
MUNCIE, Ind. - Capping its 10-game road trip, the Indiana baseball squad fell to Ball State, 17-4, at Ball Diamond on Wednesday afternoon. Overall, the teams combined to hit eight home runs in the contest with the Cardinals (24-11) accounting for six of those eight to down the Hoosiers (19-16).
BSU pulled ahead early with three runs in the bottom of the first and added three solo shots in the next two innings to take a 6-0 lead through three innings. Catcher Matt Singleton hit a homer to left field in the second for the Cardinals' fourth run before designated hitter Marc Franz and second baseman Kyle Dygert hit back-to-back long balls the following frame for Ball State's six-run advantage.
Senior right fielder Joe Kemp and junior left fielder Zach Boswell put the Hoosiers on the board in the fourth, continuing the home run fest with solo blasts. Kemp lined a shot over the center field wall for his sixth home run this season, while Boswell hit a towering drive to right field two batters later, matching Kemp with his sixth deep blast on the year, to close the gap to 6-2.
However, the Cardinals responded with a four-run fourth as first baseman Brad Miller and Franz drilled consecutive homers. Miller's drive plated Singleton and center fielder Mike Sullivan.
In the inning, sophomore Chris Hynes toed the rubber for the Cream and Crimson. It was the right-hander's first appearance of the season and his first action since suffering an injury in the first series of the 2004 season.
Singleton lifted his second jack of the game in the fifth, a three-run shot, to push the Ball State lead to 13-2 entering the sixth inning, where junior first baseman Ryan Parker drove in junior center fielder Reggie Watson with a sacrifice fly for IU's third tally.
After Ball State tacked on two more in the sixth, freshman shortstop Arden McWilliams tripled in sophomore designated hitter Steve Head for the final Indiana run of the ballgame.
Brad Kramer fired the final 1 2/3 innings for Indiana, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and throwing a scoreless eighth. The freshman struck out three batters and did not allow a hit.
Up next, the Cream and Crimson returns home for the first time since April 6 to host the first-place Illinois Fighting Illini. The teams will open the series with a 3 p.m. start on Friday, April 22, before playing a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. The series concludes with a 1 p.m. finale on Sunday, April 24.
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